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New (to me) Toro 826 Snowblower! Pls help with mods!

hello friends! I just picked up a good running condition Toro 826. everything functions on it and it was a score for 100 bucks! it was owned by an old mechanical engineer who took very good care of it. always "summerizing" it, oil changes, fuel stabilizer, etc.

anyways it does appear to have a slight drip from the carburetor. I'm wondering if this is a standard problem with these old Toro's and if I should just get a cheap carb rebuild kit for it?

Also has anyone added LED flood lights using a full wave bridge rectifier and a capacitor? Do these snow blowers have a 12-20v output harness anywhere to tap into to power a headlight?

Also, how many of you have done a paddle mod to the impeller? I have been dealing with a lot of thick wet snow lately with the temp changes here in So. Me. Is this a worthwhile mod? I will probably cut out some fins using an old tire and use self tapping metal screws to attach them.

Also can anyone tell me where i can find a downloadable manual for this thing? Also, based on the serial #0006053 can i assume this is a 1980 produced model? im having trouble finding it online.
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hello friends! I just picked up a good running condition Toro 826. everything functions on it and it was a score for 100 bucks! it was owned by an old mechanical engineer who took very good care of it. always "summerizing" it, oil changes, fuel stabilizer, etc.

anyways it does appear to have a slight drip from the carburetor. I'm wondering if this is a standard problem with these old Toro's and if I should just get a cheap carb rebuild kit for it?

Also has anyone added LED flood lights using a full wave bridge rectifier and a capacitor? Do these snow blowers have a 12-20v output harness anywhere to tap into to power a headlight?

Also, how many of you have done a paddle mod to the impeller? I have been dealing with a lot of thick wet snow lately with the temp changes here in So. Me. Is this a worthwhile mod? I will probably cut out some fins using an old tire and use self tapping metal screws to attach them.

Also can anyone tell me where i can find a downloadable manual for this thing? Also, based on the serial #0006053 can i assume this is a 1980 produced model? im having trouble finding it online.
Get the OEM BRIGGS carb kit for it. not 1 of those cheap knock offs. those old TOROS will rip right thru that heavy wet stuff without a impeller kit. I have a 1974 TORO 8-26 that plows right thru that stuff. you will have to take the starter cover off and look around for a stator behind the flywheel. it may have 1 or it may not. more than likely it is still running a breaker point system on it. I would up it to a HEI system while you are in there. let me know the score on that 1 there.

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Old School Toro 'Snow Beast' . . . it should serve you well.

The carb drip thing is probably indication of needing a rebuild. There also should be a fuel shut-off valve under the fuel tank.

1980 sounds about right . . . before all the safety features were added in 1984. So, just be careful leaving the auger running and sticking hands/fingers anywhere.

No need for the impeller mod on those machines. The impeller blades should be pretty tight to the housing. It might improve it some, but check the clearance to see if it is worthwhile. If it is about 1/8" or less, then it may not really benefit

the Toro web site should have manuals and parts diagrams online.

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I imagine its still a point system.

converting to electronic ignition would be easy enough but wouldnt the EI need to be pull started much harder/faster to energize vs the points/cond. system? the point system requires much less RPM to energize i think.


I dont think there is a stator based on the pics of the engine.
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its a 79 so its still points. 1982 was the first year they eliminated points with a module that worked with your old points coil and then 84 was the first true solid state ignition i believe
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does anyone know what the correct OEM carb overhaul kit part # is? ive found multiple types online and cant seem to sort out the correct one...

engine No. 190402 0989-01

Ive seen B&S #394989 (shows as correct # on some diagrams but when googled it shows for 10-16hp engines) & #295938 (not available anywhere), everything else is aftermarket parts which im not too fond of...
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its a 79 so its still points. 1982 was the first year they eliminated points with a module that worked with your old points coil and then 84 was the first true solid state ignition i believe
any idea what would be involved in converting over to full solid state ignition?
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just get a new coil. you can just the wire going to the points and leave them in place
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just get a new coil. you can just the wire going to the points and leave them in place
For the old briggs snow engines, It's plug-n-play.


Have an older, breaker point ignition system?

Breaker point ignition systems were common through 1982. You can improve its reliability on a single-cylinder Briggs & Stratton® engine equipped with breaker points and a two-leg armature by installing a solid-state ignition conversion kit (service part number 394970) that bypasses the points (conversion kit will not work with a three-legged ignition armature).


No fiddling with the timing / spark-advance either...pretty sweet.

EDIT: I found my Amazon order. I actually used


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Hello and welcome to SBF trey. Here are links to the Toro two stage repair manual and the Briggs flat head service manual. The Toro manual doesn't list your model, but has enough information to be of some value to you.

Toro two stage service manual- ( compliments of Shryp)
http://shryp.ashendust.com/Snowblowers/2stagdrv.pdf
 
Briggs flat head manual-
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6N...G8wd0s3Z2Q2X00

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